Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. Stroby's reply:
I’d been meandering back and forth between four different books lately – including two short story collections – without any of them capturing my undivided attention. That ended when I started Gene Kerrigan’s 2011 Dublin-set crime novel The Rage (Europa/World Noir). The novel, Kerrigan’s fourth, follows a just-released ex-con who’s in over his head with an ambitious heist, and a slightly tarnished cop who’s doggedly pursuing a cold case murder. Their trajectories intersect, of course, but in ways that are always surprising.Visit the official Wallace Stroby website and The Heartbreak Blog.
A year or so ago, I stumbled on Kerrigan’s 2009 novel Dark Times in the City and loved it. He’s a terrific writer (and journalist) who crafts wonderfully stripped-down but complex tales of Dublin crooks and cops in the aftermath of economic collapse. The Rage won the 2012 Golden Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year from the U.K. Crime Writers Association, and rightly so. Kerrigan is rapidly becoming one of my favorite crime writers from any country.
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